Law Office of John Fattahi

Law Office of John Fattahi Providing experienced legal counsel in the area of police misconduct and civil rights litigation.

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So ends the Sheriff's brief experiment in transparency, however narrow a ray of light it was. It's only a matter of time...
07/11/2016
LA sheriff stops sharing data on shooting evaluations, after union objections

So ends the Sheriff's brief experiment in transparency, however narrow a ray of light it was. It's only a matter of time until LAPD follows suit. Repeal of these police secrecy laws is long overdue, but the police unions are nestled deep within the pockets and bed sheets of Sacramento.

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department will no longer report to the public whether individual shootings are judged in or out of policy, following union objections.

02/04/2016
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Completing a yearlong trilogy of unanimous wins at the Ninth Circuit for Paul Hoffman and I, following outstanding jury trial verdicts by Dale Galipo, behold today's beautifully simple memorandum opinion in Zerby v. City of Long Beach. Glad the court saw it our way, and saw through the City's attempts to relitigate the case on appeal with totally inconsistent positions.

Relieved that this Supreme Court didn't see this as an opportunity to further expand justifications for deadly force per...
12/14/2015
$5.7-million verdict against 2 LAPD officers will stand, Supreme Court rules

Relieved that this Supreme Court didn't see this as an opportunity to further expand justifications for deadly force per recent trend. Yes he made poor decisions at age 19 to hang with the wrong crowd and run from the police for 20 seconds. But Contreras never had a gun that day, never touched the cellphone that stayed in his pocket, and was shot in the back and rendered quadriplegic after he had stopped, facing away from the officers, to nurse a gunshot wound to his ankle. The officers fabricated a story that he pointed a nonexistent gun at them, and the jury didn't buy it. Proud to have helped preserve the judgment that this was excessive force, and glad that he'll now be able to afford the round-the-clock care he needs for the rest of his life.

The Supreme Court has let stand a $5.7-million judgment against two Los Angeles Police Department officers for shooting a fleeing gang member who they believed was carrying a gun.

07/23/2015
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Won another affirmance from the 9th Circuit today in an LAPD excessive force case, Estate of Cornejo v. City of Los Angeles. Great result for these kids, including a fellow Whittierite!

02/20/2015
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Another unanimous Ninth Circuit victory today in Contreras v. City of Los Angeles. Was lucky to be working on a great team with Dale Galipo and Paul Hoffman.

http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/memoranda/2015/02/20/13-55100.pdf

Long Beach police officers sued for $10 million after 2013 officer-involved shooting
07/31/2014
Long Beach police officers sued for $10 million after 2013 officer-involved shooting

Long Beach police officers sued for $10 million after 2013 officer-involved shooting

Attorneys representing the son of a man shot and killed by Long Beach police last year filed a $10 million lawsuit against two officers, alleging they used excessive force. The lawsuit, which identifies the officers as John Fagan and Daniel Mar

05/13/2014

Just finalized a $750,000 settlement for the family of Shane Fryer, who was shot and killed by a Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy in 2011. Our experts were able to show that from the physical evidence it was impossible for the deputy to have been in danger of being struck by the truck driven by Mr. Fryer when he was fatally shot twice in the back. Would have been a great case to try but settlement was the right move for the clients, who were even able to avoid having their depositions taken.

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